My first year as a working mom: Overcoming stigmas, challenges

By VIVIAN LOPEZ

FORT POLK, La. — Where has the time gone? It seems just yesterday I was holding my newborn peacefully in my arms and now I’m chasing around a one-year-old as she walks around the house leaving traces of her mischief wherever she goes.

Today is my baby girl Emma’s first birthday, and while people tell you that time flies when you have children, you never know how quickly it flies until you live it yourself.

I found myself celebrating Emma’s achievements as she learned to sit up, crawl and walk, but I was also sad my baby girl was growing up before my eyes and on her way to toddlerhood.

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